Not only is this striking metal-sided house a beautiful example of prefab architecture — it was also designed not just for the people who reside there, but also for their animals! The owners of the home wanted a safe haven for their many animals that would protect them from local predators, so the home was designed with special areas just for pets. Located in the New Mexico desert on the Rio Chama, the Abiquiu House by Anderson Anderson Architecture also utilizes a number of energy and resource-efficient construction techniques.
The owners of the house, a retired anthropologist and concert pianist have a love of animals, including many dogs, cats and strays that find their way into their heart. Their land, which is located in northwest New Mexico not far from Georgia O’Keefe’s famous home, is home to lots of wildlife, including hawks, eagles, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. The native wildlife doesn’t differentiate between a domesticated pet and prey, so the couple wanted to make sure their animals would be safe. Rather than build a separate dog run away from the house, the couple wanted a way for the animals to be safe, but also have outdoor access. Anderson Anderson developed a thoroughly integrated animal house, with decks and patios protected with easily sourced chain link.